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of virginia, and both president obama and mitt romney are claiming they have enough votes to when the weight house -- the white house. polls have just closed in pennsylvania, in michigan, missouri, illinois, massachusetts, in maine and north dakota, and the latest projections showed president obama winning vt., while mitt romney has won georgia, indiana, kentucky, west virginia, and south carolina, they say. abc news is reporting joe manchin is reported to win reelection against the republican businessmen. that is what we know so far, and, yes, the networks have also called vermont for president obama. in a moment, we are going to go to vermont. they have also called the race for governor, and peter there will return it -- retain his governorship, and also, independent senator bernie sanders of vermont has won reelection. a longtime labor, racial justice, an activist and columnist, the founder of the black radical congress, this is going to be a a long evening, bill. what are you looking for tonight, and what have you observed so far? >> well, what i have observed and what worries me are the
for abortion rights and same-sex marriage while noting that republican challenger mitt romney has reversed course after previously holding sensible positions. new figures sho companies added 158,000 jobs last month, the fastest pace in eight months. the figures were released by the payroll processor adp and the eve of today's official employment report from the labor department. former penn state president graham spanier has been indicted for his role in the cover-up of child sex abuse by former assistant football coach jerry sandusky. he was initially charged one year ago after it was revealed he and other top penn state officials failed to report sandusky to police, despite evidence that sandusky was abusing young boys. he was convicted in june of molesting 10 boys and sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. on thursday, greenspan year wass child with -- charged with several charges for having sandusky's crime. two other former penn state officials were hit with new charges as well. in massachusetts, a physics graduate has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for planning to build explosi
votes to mitt romney's 235. >> i just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters in his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well because the democrats also retained control of the senate with several major@ victories elizabn defeating incumbent massachuses senator scott brown. >> this victory belongs to you. you did this. you did this. you did this. for every family that has been squeezed and hammered, we're going to fight for a level playing field and put people back to work. [applause] >> and we look at ballot initiatives across the country from legalizing marijuana to upholding same-sex marriage. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. president obama has been reelected to a second term with a resounding victory over republican challenger mitt romney. obama ended the night with at least 303 electoral votes, sweeping the critical battleground states of ohio, iowa, wisconsin, pennsylvania, nevada, and colorado. obama's tally is expected to rise after in
convincing win over republican challenger mitt romney in the 2012 election. aides say obama has immediately turned to the so-called fiscal cliff of $700 billion in expiring tax cuts and automatic spending reductions set to take effect at the end of the year. under the terms of last year's debt deal, obama and senate democrats must agree on a deficit reduction package with house republicans or face automatic cuts that will likely contract the economy. on wednesday, both senate majority leader harry reid and house speaker john boehner pledged to negotiate in good faith. >> the american people want us to work together. republicans and democrats want us to work together. they want a balanced approach to everything, but especially the situation we have dealing with this huge deficit and taxes that are part of that. >> there is an alternative to going over the fiscal cliff. it involves making real changes to the financial structure of entitlement programs and reforming our tax code to curb special interest loopholes and deductions. by working together and creating a simpler, cleaner tax code, we
these programs in a way would not have been possible, say, if romney have been elected. can you elaborate? >> to me this was the deficiency of discussion and discourse leading up to the election and democratic and progressive circles. if you're a journalist working as we were in the last year, identifying things president obama that was doing or wrong or were the erroneous, the argument you immediately would hear is "well, mitt romney is worse." meaning, the position that romney had on those issues was either as bad as or worse than the one that president obama had. in one sense that was irrelevant rid if you're a citizen, he told the people to exercise power accountable. the fact that romney is worse does not meet that obligation. from an election perspective, it is a simple minded and incomplete way of looking at things. the question is not, is mitt romney positive view on any particular issue or are the the positions of the republicans worse, it is, what can each candidate accomplished in their particular field? there is the cliche about only richard nixon could have established relati
in the presidential campaign -- poverty. >> the problem is, obama himself no better than romney is still very much part of a system that has failed poor and working people. capitalism is not working for poor and working people in america. we have to bear witness to that. >> we will speak what dr. cornel west and pbs host tavis smiley. together they have written, "the rich and the rest of us: a poverty manifesto." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're on the road in chicago. the pentagon has confirmed that iran fired at a pilotless u.s. drone last week, but missed its target. pentagon spokesperson george little insisted the incident occurred in international, not iranian, airspace, and vowed that u.s. surveillance flights will continue. >> the incident occurred over international waters approximately 16 nautical miles off iranian coast line. the united states has communicated to the iranians we will continue to conduct surveillance flights over international waters over the arabian gulf and our commitment to the
suppression swing the state of ohio for mitt romney? we will speak to our lieberman. >> it is not about stopping voter fraud but about republicans try to shape an electorate in their own favor, to make it harder for minority and low-income voters to vote in the next election. >> this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. haiti is grappling with yet another crisis one week after hurricane sandy hit. the united nations is warning that sandy destroyed 74% of their crops and left 1.5 million people in serious risk of wonder. the death toll stands at 54. the storm destroyed 21,000 homes and caused $104 million in damage. large parts of the south are still unreachable by land due to massive flooding, sparking fears of a new outbreak of cholera. the devastation comes as haiti is still trying to rebuild from the massive 2010 earthquake that killed 300,000 people. power has been restored to close to 80% of the 8.5 million households across 16 states left in the dark after last week's storm. that leaves 1.85 million still without power, including 1 millio
mitt romney is under scrutiny for a leaked recording discussing president of them supporters. and a conference call with donors, romney blamed his loss on obama's so-called diaz to various groups including african-americans and hispanics. >> the president's campaign focused on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then worked very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> romney went on to include young people and college students in his list saying -- romney's comments come days after his running mate, wisconsin congressmember paul ryan, talked of obama's victory to the president's strength in "urban areas." some top republicans are already distancing themselves from romney's remarks. speaking to reporters wednesday night, louisiana governor bobby jindal called romney's statements "absolutely wrong," adding "we have got to stop dividing american voters." bobby jindal has just become the head of the republican governors association. workers at a walmart supply warehouse in elwood, illinois have filed charges of
and republican challenger mitt romney. the outcome will again hinge on the results and a handful of battleground states, namely ohio, florida, iowa, and virginia. addressing supporters in wisconsin, president obama said his initial campaign vow of change is still under way. >> when i say, wisconsin, that i know what real change looks like, you have cause to believe me because you have seen the fight for it and you have seen me deliver it. you see the scars on me to prove it. you have seen the gray hair on my head to show you what it means to fight for change. and you have been there with me. after all we have been through together, we cannot give up now. we have got more change to do. >> president obama finished a packed day of campaigning in iowa, the state that effectively launched his white house run with the democratic primary win in 2008. speaking in ohio, mitt romney told supporters that obama has failed to live up to his promise of change. >> i know the president wants you to think about all sorts of diversionary issues that decide what is key in this election, but i think the election co
in a national security state. i think it is a global security state. obama has made it clear, as did romney, it is about american power. we are the "indispensable" nation in the world. it is a form of american exceptionalism. he made it clear he was going to take trips and so forth out of afghanistan and iraq, but committed on a full spectrum dominance to a containment of china. he said it. hillary clinton has said the 21st century will be america's pacific century. it does not end. you'll see obama, i think, will make alliances, treaties with countries all around the world breathed he is already extending the bush security plan. -- all around the world. he is already extending the bush security plan. peter, do you want add something? >> we were so critical of bush for doing surveillance against people without judicial review. obama is targeting and killing people without judicial review. we're acting as judge, jury, and executioner. >> this is open on cnn on the secret drone war. >> there has to be a target that is authorized by our laws. it has to be a threat that is serious and not specu
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